Fringe review: Andrea Merlyn's Book of Secrets


Don't u luv me?...

By Linda Daugherty, Young Actors Theatre, Indianapolis

3 stars

A believable script, performed believably, shows how easily

we allow ourselves to become victimized and how hard it is to break the cycle

of abusive behavior. Pointed messages are imbedded within a series of

fast-paced synoptic events: recognizing, seeking and giving help, preventing

and overcoming abusive behaviors and becoming a victim. Though aimed directly at

a tween/teen audience, adults should be attending — and that's a word

expanded to "paying attention to what is happening around us." Part of a local

and national movement to draw attention to texting as yet another format for

abuse, this play subliminally illustrates making smart choices.

IndyFringe Theater: Thursday, Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 28, 4:30 p.m.;

Sunday, Aug. 29, 3:00 p.m.